First Time in a Putrajaya Bike Convoy

Assalamualaikum dear readers,

I got roped into a cycling event recently and the first time was always a memorable one. It started when my housemate, K. Ruby invited me to join her on the “Konvoi Berbasikal Wanita 2017”. I wasn’t that thrilled to go to think about how packed and crowded it would be. Never was my favorite place to hangout. But then again, I just had to give myself a chance to try something new like cycling convoy. So, I agreed to join.

So, early in the morning at 6:45am we headed to Masjid Tunku Mizan to pick up borrowed bicycles. The event organiser provided bicycle and helmet rental services for participants but we found it’s quite expensive; they charged the helmet for RM50 with a shirt costing RM35. That alone was pricy, forget about the bike itself. Alhamdulillah, K.Ruby managed to borrow two bicycles from her friend and I borrowed helmets and a bike chain lock from K.Eliza, a very generous boss.

Jazakallah to the borrowers. Couldn't have done this with them.

Jazakallah to the borrowers. Couldn’t have done this with them.

At 7:15 am we cycled to Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3, where the registration reception is to pick up our plate number. As expected, the event was flooded with estimated 11,000 people.

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Plate number for bicycle. How cute.

We went to the starting line at 7:30am. They start with a briefing and body warm up to avoid any injuries. The briefing was given by Serina Redzuawan and some other artists were also at the event. They are Vanidah Imran, Janna Nick, Linda Onn, Siti Nurhaliza and more (sorry I can’t recall all of them). At the same time, school kids (volunteers) were actively giving breads and waters to all the participants.

Around 8:00 am, the sirens were blown and everyone excitedly started their journey.

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K.Ruby and me were like packed sardines waiting at the starting point

Along the journey, I saw a huge range of age from the children to the senior citizens, different races, different types of bicycles and more. It was amazing to see how strong these elderly are. They were old with gold youthful spirits. Moms who brought along their children were so inspiring. An active and productive family is what we should aim for. The size of their body never stop them from being active.

Lydia Hashim brought her son to cycle with her

Lydia Hasim brought her son to cycle with her

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The facilities were well provided. Volunteers were making sure every participants get their needs and making sure everyone is safe in the right route, ambulance on stand-by in case and portable toilets available after 5 km journey.

The route track was pretty fun because of the up and down hill, making it more challenging for some. Almost every uphill, participants would get off their bike and just walk instead. The downhill was the best part. We got to free our legs off and spree down the hill.

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When you’re exhausted, stop and take a minute to drink and rest.

Despite their courage to cycle, some of them got injured, cramped legs, fainted and I was told by my friend some even covered with blood. That’s the part I’m a bit scared of. Alhamdulillah, we weren’t injured (we did pray a lot though).

As it is our first time participating in cycling event, we did not aim for targeted time. We came just for leisure and to enjoy the journey. Thus, took us almost an hour to reach the finishing line. There, I met a lot of superwomen whom incredibly finished the journey strong.

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Kak Samsiah looking fabulously sporty in full set Nashata of Bluish Pink Heather Top, Black Compression Skirtspants and Mumtaz Hijab. Thanks for the support!

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Kak Ngah finished the 10 km in less than 30 minutes. Holy.. we have a Wonder Woman Niqabi here!

Bumped into an old friend. A woman of determination she is. Stay strong Kak Fiza!

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This woman just finished her 25 km journey. How cool is that? Congratulations Yuyu!

At the end of the event, lucky draw were held but we didn’t get lucky. Plus, it was almost 12 at noon, the sun ray was really burning my skin. So, we decided to go home instead. Before we head off home, we took the opportunity to cycle under the tree shades while sightseeing around Putrajaya. A beautiful place indeed.

Skyride. Where you can have a ride on hot air balloon.

SkyRide. Where you can have a ride on hot air balloon. Lots of fun activity here.

To summarize it up, the whole event and day was a superb experience for us. A place where you’ll bump into your friends and get to meet up with awesome women. Alhamdulillah. Praise be to God who made ease in everything.

P/s: Get out of your comfort zone and have some challenging fun day. You won’t regret even a piece of memory of it  😉

Zip Up Azeeza Lite Splashes of Color

Be Happy, Be Bright, Be Fit, Be YOU!
That is what the Zip Up Azeeza Lite is about. You may wonder, What are the differences between Zip Up Azeeza Hematite and Zip Up Azeeza Lite?

The design is the same, but the Lite version does not have wrist pocket with zip, the fabric in the middle part is solid, comes in 3XL as well and lastly, the weight is slightly more than the hematite.

Features Zip Up Azeeza Hematite Zip Up Azeeza Lite
Wrist Pocket With Zip X
Fabric texture Mesh and Heather Mesh & Solid
Fabric Polyester Mircofiber, Spandex Polyester Mircofiber, Spandex
Sizes S / M / L / XL / 2XL M / L / XL / 2XL / 3XL
Weight 220 grams 290 grams
Colors Black Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue
Long and Designed for Modesty
360 degree Slimming Effect
Reflector
Nursing Friendly
Price RM189 RM149

If you are a Zip up Azeeza lover, this is your chance to add more colors to your favourite design. Wear it for your run, cycle, to the gym, zumba or when you travel.  We have very limited pieces, so wait no more and get yours today at nashata.com!

The orange is my new personal favourite color! Running in it makes me feel HAPPY!

Orange is my new personal fav color

After 5 km run in bright colors – I just feel happy!

We ship internationally using express courier service. It takes 2-3 working days to reach Asia / Oceania countries and up to 5 working days to reach other parts of the world.

 

Hooda Sports Hijab : New Colors, Revamped

We heard you girls! Now Hooda Sports Hijab is all revamped with more colors, more sizes and facelifts.
Now, achieve your fitness full potential in Hooda Sports Hijab. Put no limits to your workout!

Watch this video to see key functions of Hooda Sports Hijab used for different types of sporting activities. #cycling #running #yoga #jumping

2 New Colors

  • Now there are Metallic Silver & Aqua Turquoise in the Hooda Sports Hijab collection. The Metallic Silver offers neutral  & easy to match option while the bright Aqua Turquoise offers more safety to your workout. Plus, you get to be spotted easily in a crowd with it on.

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Bigger Sizes

  • We introduced Hooda Sports Hijab in two initial sizes (M & L) last month and now we added two more sizes to suit tall ladies.

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Hooda Sports Hijab

 

Facelifts

  • Reflective logo at the back of hooda sports hijab
    Nashata reflective logo is now on the back to give you better protection for night use. This is especially useful for cyclists and hikers who train or race in the same direction of traffic.

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  • More room and space in the front for better chest covering
    No matter what size you are, the hijab now looks balance front and back.
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  •  Flat awning on the forehead face
    The awning has been altered for a better fit while working out. The design is flat on the forehead and the is no space in between your forehead and the hijab.

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 If you would like to get one of these cool revolutionary hijab, visit nashata.com

 

Global Fitness Call for Fitness Trainers

This year we are starting a program for all lady sports or fitness trainers who are helping many people out there to achieve their fitness goals.

Specially tailored for ladies only, Nashata’s Groovy Trainer program offers a full set of modest activewear with Groovy Trainer prints on each piece for FREE. The full suit comprises of black Iman sports hijab, Leia ultra top, and harem pants worth RM357 or USD89 (special printing inclusive) Yes, only selected Fitness Trainers get to wear the Groovy Trainer outfits.

Not only that, throughout the year, Groovy Trainers get 15% discount for all purchases at nashata.com and support from Nashata for their sporting or fitness program on our network of social media.

To qualify, one needs to be either a certified fitness trainer or associated with a fitness center, fitness organisation or sports group. We welcome trainers from all types of sporting activities to join the program. One could be specializing in certain type of sports like swimming, zumba, yoga, pilate or boxing.

So, if you are a sports or fitness trainer, no matter where you are, join the Groovy Trainer program and if you have an awesome trainer or know of one, please get her to embark into this program. To register, fill up  the form at http://bit.ly/groovytrainer by 31 January 2016. Announcement will be made first week of February 2016.

Groovy Trainer

Selected sports or fitness trainers get to wear the FREE full suit with the little prints (as below) on the sports hijab, top and harem pants. Be the Groovy Trainer and let’s make fitness a fun and healthy experience to our sisters.

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Groovy trainer prints on Full Suit

Questions can be sent to contactus@nashata.com or whatsapp +6012-3112489.

 

The Weekend Runner: FIT Malaysia 2015 10K

I think it’s every runner’s dream to be able to race for free with no entrance fees. After all, running events are getting more expensive these days. Well, your runner’s dream might just come true thanks to FIT Malaysia events. Held over several series in different states across Malaysia, this event features 10K and 5K running, and 30K and 10K of cycling. Yup you heard me right, a 10K race for zero payment. However, if you are not up for running, there is also martial art demonstration, obstacle challenges, and zumba at the main stage area.

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IMG_1690Fancy turning your 10K into an obstacle race instead?

 

As it was a free event, the number of participants were overwhelming. Parents ran with their strollers, school kids ran with their friends, or elderly couples taking a leisurely stroll. It turned out to be an interesting crowd, so everyone took the opportunity to make small talks along the way. If you ever feel like giving up, there were random people cheering for you along the way to lift your spirits. I think that FIT Malaysia focuses on one of the most important aspects of working out: interaction. People need to feel like they are a part of a community, that they have a support system. Then they are more motivated to successfully complete a run or a work out program.

 

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Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI entered the 10K run and completed it in approx. 1 hour 12 minutes, which was a new personal record for me. Was today’s speedier than usual performance a result of wearing a brand new Mumtaz hijab? If it was, then I need to get more colours too! (Pink Rose, Oxford Blue, and Baby Blue).

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At the end of the day, this event made me re-discover the pure joy of running and nothing else that comes associated with it; no branded t-shirts, no goodie bags, no fancy sponsors. Sometimes all you need in running is high energy, a great crowd, and good company. The best things in life are free – and it probably is true for the case of FIT Malaysia 10K Run.

 

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner.

The Weekend Runner: Why should you cross-train?

Have you ever woke up one day and you just don’t feel like running, but you feel perfectly happy to cycle? Or that nagging knee pain has been bothering you for months, and your physiotherapist has advised you to replace running with swimming for the mean time until your knee heals? Or you just completed a few series of tough marathons, and you would like to take a break but still keep in shape? Sounds like you could use some cross-training activities!

 

So what is cross-training? Think of running as the main source of food to keep you equipped with enough nutrients. However, if you want to be in top shape, cross-training acts as an additional supplement to your main diet of running. The most popular cross-training activities among runners are swimming, cycling, hiking, and skiing (if you are lucky enough to live where there is snow).

 

Some people might disagree, they say that cross-training is distracting from their regular running routine, but I think otherwise because:

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Until next week,

The Weekend Runner.

 

 

 

No-Holds-Barred Review by Lini Kazim on Nashata Compression Arm Sleeves

Lini Kazim is known in the running and cycling community for her wittiness and zealousness in sports. Youthful, stunning and young at heart, Lini is always caught smiling and jovial whenever we get to see her. We were privileged and humbled to get Lini to test one of our products. She not only tested our compression arm sleeves, but she also was the FIRST to purchase our full support compression bra. Here’s a review by Lini, in her own words.

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The arm sleeves by Nashata that I recently tried have a very vibrant fresh pink colour, that is visible from afar. This is an additional benefit for me especially when cycling in order to draw the attention of the motorists of my presence on the road. They fit very comfortably on my mid bicep and the elastic used is fairly soft that I did not have any chafing or irritation even after a 3 hour bike ride. 

I love arm sleeves for a lot of reasons but mainly:
a) they add fashion to my short sleeve shirts 
b) in cold weather, I can start the run/ride with the arm sleeves on and roll down the sleeves when the body warms up
c) they help protect my skin from direct sunlight 
d) for some of my Muslim running friends, they find that the choice of long sleeve running shirts are limited in Malaysia but with these sleeves, they can now opt for short sleeve shirts and complement the shirt with the arm sleeves to cover the aurat. This indirectly benefits me because they now run happy and that makes me happy!

Arm Sleeves

The arm sleeves also feature a thumb hole which I did not use as I prefer to have direct contact with my handle bar for better grip. However, I am sure it is definitely a great feature to have when running either in the cold or to ensure that there is no tan-line at the wrist area! 
The fit for the arm sleeves was very comfortable and I did not at any time felt that they were too tight that it was cutting off my blood circulation! 
Well done Nashata for a great product. 

Thank you Lini!

She suggested a few improvements:
a) UV protection
b) More color options
c) option without the thumb hole

We certainly will take heed about her feedback.

The thumb hole is for sisters who have longer hands and prefer full covering. With the thumb hole, you can rest assured, your aurah around your wrist is covered. But yes, we can provide an option.

What about arm sleeves with prints + UV protection? Do let us know and if you want to take a quick look at the compression arm sleeves Lini tested, all you need is 30 secs of your time 🙂